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The City of Portland, Oregon

Planning and Sustainability

Innovation. Collaboration. Practical Solutions.

Phone: 503-823-7700

Curbside Hotline: 503-823-7202

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

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About the Industrial Land and Watershed Health Working Group

The Industrial Land and Watershed Health Working Group will advise the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability on the update of Comprehensive Plan policies and approaches to meet the economic development and watershed health goals in the Portland Harbor and Columbia Corridor industrial areas. Members of the working group include members of the Economic Development Policy Expert Group (PEG) and the Watershed Health and Environment PEG and other community members.

Meeting Schedule

There is no set meeting schedule for the Industrial Land and Watershed Health Working Group. However, upcoming scheduled meetings can be found on the Meetings and Events calendar. Most meetings will be held at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland. For transit directions, we recommend TriMet Trip Planner. For driving and biking directions, we recommend Google Maps. There is on-street metered parking and a parking garage located beneath the building.

Potential Topics

  • Common understanding – Develop a common understanding of why we are fighting so hard for industrial lands and watershed health in this geography. Include discussion of the fundamental principles and rationales in support of industrial growth and watershed health, such as freight hub growth, traded sector growth, economic equity, maintaining and enhancing riparian and terrestrial resource functions, at-risk fish and wildlife species protection, ecosystem services, and Superfund site cleanup.
  • New directions – Explore new directions to reduce industrial/watershed policy conflicts, such as emphasis on land efficiency, regional outlook, integrated policy perspective, identification of strategic partnership and implementation strategies. and integrated regulatory and infrastructure approaches.
  • Scenarios – Consider scenarios to address projected industrial land shortfalls and watershed health goals. Advise on optimal scenarios and framing explanations and visuals (e.g. maps and photos) to take to public workshops.
  • Policy refinements and implementation – Review results of public workshops. Advise on draft policy refinements and implementation approaches.


Many of the members of the working group are also members of either the Economic PEG or the Watershed Health and Environment PEG.

Jane Bacchieri, Bureau of Environmental Services

Judy BlueHorse Skelton, Portland State University

Bernie Bottomly, Portland Business Alliance

Tom Bouillion, Port of Portland

Claire Carder, Community Member

Corky Collier, Columbia Corridor Association

Tom Dechenne, Community Member

Ben Duncan, Multnomah County

Peter Finley Fry, Community Member

Don Hanson, Portland Planning & Sustainability Commission

Larry Harvey, Working Waterfront Coalition

Mike Houck, Portland Planning & Sustainability Commission

Jennifer Hudson, Schnitzer Steel

Maryhelen Kincaid, Community Member

Michael Montgomery, US Bank

Bob Sallinger, Audubon Society

Steve Sieber, Community Member

Pia Welch, Community Member

Travis Williams, Willamette River Keeper

Staff Leads

Tom Armstrong, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability or 503-823-3527

Sallie Edmunds, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability or 503-823-6950 


Joe Hertzberg, Solid Ground Consulting